Criticism of GP antidepressant prescribing slammed

Academics have accused GPs of letting patients languish for long periods on antidepressants without reviewing whether their medication is still appropriate. 

The average length of antidepressant use in Australia is four years, according to an analysis of PBS-subsidised antidepressant prescriptions filled by concession card holders between 2010 and 2013. 

The finding suggested that GPs, who wrote about 70% of the prescriptions, were keeping patients on antidepressants for too long, said the researchers from the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at